Boise State backfield

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By: Autum Robertson 

Last season when Jeremy McNichols declared for the NFL draft, Bronco fans were left with a number of questions. What’s next for this offense? Will Boise’s running backs be as effective as McNichols?

Saturday, Sept. 2 was the first time fans got a real look at what this offensive backfield was capable of. Boise split reps between two running backs against Troy, Ryan Wolpin and Alexander Mattison. Both players showed a lot of potential for the coming games.

Mattison seems to be more of an aggressive runner, which helped him break tackles and make big plays such as in the second quarter when he broke free for a 49- yard touchdown. The play in the fourth quarter, when Mattison broke multiple tackles for a gain of 15 yards, makes it more likely that he will see more playing time.

According to redshirt cornerback Marques Evans Mattison can be the answer at running back. Evans expects big things from him this season. “(Mattison) put in a ton of work during the offseason.” Evans said.

Marques isn’t the only one that feels this way about Mattison. Corral president Nathan Carroll talked about Mattison’s injuries being a factor

“I think as Mattison heals up, he’ll get more reps.” Carroll said.

So for Bronco fans it could be time to relax.  This may not be isn’t the type of backfield fans are used to seeing, but they have a lot to look forward to.


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